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Old 08-11-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Our sump pump will not turn off after it drains all the water from the well. Can someone tell me how to get it the shut off without having to turn off the breaker.

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Our sump pump will not turn off after it drains all the water from the well. Can someone tell me how to get it the shut off without having to turn off the breaker.
Is the float stuck?

Or, unplug it.

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Might need a backflow valve (can't think of proper name right now) if when it shuts off the water in the exhaust pipe runs back into the sump and reactivates the pump.
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Is the float stuck?
Ditto
http://www.sump-pump-info.com/float-switches.html
I don't see what else it could be.
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If the volume of water still in the outlet pipe when the pump shuts off is great compared with the working volume of the pit then you will get more frequent pump turn-ons.

1. Provide a bigger pit.

1a. Does the existing pit allow a higher level before the pump starts and/or a lower level before the pump stops?

2. Use a thinner outlet pipe (caution, this can overload the pump)

3. Can the routing of the outlet pipe be changed so there is less net height to which the water must be raised before it flows by gravity to its final destination. This means less water left behind in the outlet pipe.

While a check valve can help, it needs to be inspected periodically for debris holding it ajar that would defeat its purpose.
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